June 27, 2022

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City official uses leaf blower to avoid Houston reporter’s corruption questions

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Someone decided the fourth estate needed some yard work.

The city’s police chief Loyd Evans is accused of approving $285,078 in overtime for himself — on top of his annual salary of $151,000 — in 2020 and 2021, Shay reported. He was placed on paid administrative leave as the city worked on a plan to end his employment. When asked to retire, Evans reportedly refused. 

The Spring Valley Village Administration building is pictured.

The Spring Valley Village Administration building is pictured.

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Shay approached Carpenter outside his home and asked why Evans wasn’t fired on the spot. Instead of engaging and explaining the situation to the reporter and the city’s 4,200 residents, Carpenter dismissed her questions and called the issue simply a “personnel matter.”

Carpenter then flipped on his electric leaf blower to drown out her follow-up questions. The creative dodging was caught on ABC13’s camera as the news crew attempted to get any kind of response from the city. 

Shay had spent the day trying to reach each of the city’s five council members and mayor but was unsuccessful. The only response she received was a letter from the city’s attorney outlining the allegations. Shay took the snub in stride while delivering her report. 

“It seems like a lot of people wouldn’t mind trying to turn the leaf blower on me if they had the opportunity,” Shay said. 

Reporter Miya Shay video tapes Don Nelson while he talks to fellow reporters at Channel 13.

Reporter Miya Shay video tapes Don Nelson while he talks to fellow reporters at Channel 13.

Mayra Beltran/Staff

One of Houston’s most influential Twitter users, Shay is in her 20th year reporting for the Disney-owned news station and is well-known in Greater Houston for her involvement in the community outside of her journalism. 


Shay reports that Evans will likely resign during a special meeting at Spring Valley Village city hall on Tuesday. It is unclear if leaf blowers will be checked at the door or allowed in the chambers. 



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